A diverse region
The majestic Murray River is less than two hours' drive from Adelaide.
Winding its way through more than 600 kilometres of South Australia, the life-giving Murray is a river of contrasts. It meanders past limestone cliffs, citrus groves and pristine mallee scrub.
It's a great destination for exploring. You'll discover so much about this diverse region.
Begin your Murray River adventure in one of our “two river regions”. From Murray Bridge, the “Murraylands” reaches north towards the Barossa and past Pinnaroo. The “Riverland” begins west of Blanchetown and extends past Renmark.
The Murray River
The Murray River is around 130 million years old. For thousands of years, it and the Coorong were home to the Ngarrindjeri and Nganguraku people. European settlers arrived in the nineteenth century and used the river for transportation and irrigation.
Navigating the Murray River wouldn’t be possible without the series of locks and weirs dating back to the 1920s and 1930s. Fourteen locks are still in use today. We’ve also got eleven ferry crossings running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They’re free to use.
Cruise the river
Take a cruise on Australia’s largest paddle steamer, the P.S. Murray Princess or take a more intimate cruise on the Murray Expeditions and enjoy the abundant wildlife on the banks.
The Murray River is dotted with historic towns. When you need a break from houseboating, fishing, canoeing, swimming or water skiing, step ashore to enjoy some great country hospitality.
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Sleep under the stars
Get close to nature and stay in the caravan parks at Mannum, Long Island, Berri and Renmark. Grab some good shoes, a swag and enjoy a trip "out bush". Sleep under the stars in one of the region's stunning conservation parks.
The bird life is enchanting. There are more than 300 species of waterbirds and thousands of migratory birds that live around the Murray River.
For more information about the Murray River, visit one of the eight Visitor Information Centres around the region from Murray Bridge to Renmark. You’ll recognise them by the bright blue sign with the yellow “i”.
The Murray River, pack your swimming gear for some serious fun, adventure and relaxation.